Thursday, September 21, 2006

Techniques McCain Wants to Ban Have Broken 14 Al-Qaeda Prisoners

From the Godfather:
Brian Ross, the chief investigative correspondent for ABC was on The O'Reilly Factor last night. He said that all of his CIA sources, a portion of whom opposed controversial interrogation methods on legal or moral grounds, agreed that those methods worked to break all 14 high-value al-Qaeda leaders in custody at Club Gitmo. In some cases, Al-Qaeda members and plots were revealed, saving lives. In addition, ladies and gentlemen, it was revealed that Ramzi Binalshibh was crying like a three-year-old.

Now, this is going to make it tough for John McCain and Lindsey Graham and Warner. And I still maintain to you that it is not the White House caving on whatever deal is being negotiated. Even MSNBC earlier today, has discussions on whether or not McCain's position is hurting him and his presidential perspirations for the 2008 presidential election. So the media buzz is not that the White House has caved. If the White House had truly caved, they'd be singing victory chants for Senator McCain. Now they're worried whether or not his efforts have actually provided a new source of concern and a new element of self-inflicted harm for the great senator from Arizona. Let's go to the audio sound bites. O'Reilly says, "The CIA broke 14 top Al-Qaeda leaders. This is Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Ramzi Binalshibh, Zubaydah, all 14 coerced, the worst thing that they did to them, water boarding?"

ROSS: Fourteen high value prisoners they have kept in secret prisoners and they have used these coercive techniques, that is the most harshest of the treatments and that's where a man is put upside down, they put a cellophane or a cloth over his mouth, they pour water, it gives the impression that the person is drowning. Now, some people liken it to a mock execution. It's very tough to withstand. When the CIA officers who are trained in these interrogations go through it themselves, some of them couldn't last more than 35, 40 seconds.
The article goes on to say that Ramzi Binalshibh "broke down and started sobbing." Well, doesn't that just tug at the ol' hearstrings? For those of you on the left, the prior question was both sarcastic and rhetorical. However, assuming that the question was not rhetorical, then I would have responded with "No, my heart bleeds not for Binalshibh." But that's me.

As usual, you're on the wrong side, Johnny Mac.